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  • Published on:
    National Patient Safety Agency Protocol for Pre-operative Site Marking
    • Philip Alexander, SHO, Ophthalmology
    • Other Contributors:
      • Arabella V Poulson (Consultant Ophthalmologist)


    Fraser and Adams's commentary suggests that the most important method of reducing wrong site surgery is to have a consistent and robust protocol (1). They also give examples of numerous factors that disrupt the smooth running of the system and increase potential for harm. In March 2005, the National Patient Safety Agency produced a Patient Safety Alert in an attempt to standardise preoperative marking an...

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    Patient safety and ophthalmic surgery marking - which side are you on?
    • Mary Milner White, Doctor (Medical Student)C/O Bal Dhillon
    • Other Contributors:
      • Manish Gupta and Bal Dhillon

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the paper by Fraser and Adams[1], which suggested many reasons for the wrong site surgery and also suggested ways of preventing it. We carried out semi-structured interviews of ophthalmic surgeons (Consultants and Specialist registrar) throughout Scotland by telephone on their current practices and attitudes relating to preventing wrong side surgery in ophthalmology and describe...

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